|Additional information has been released on the attempted murder charge a Salem man is facing that resulted in Tuesday night’s police pursuit in Ritchie County.|
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Doddridge County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a residence in Salem on Tuesday, February 4, to a reported shooting. Deputies said they arrived on scene and spoke with the victim. The victim told deputies that the suspect, Charles Barr, had already left the scene and no one had been shot, according to the complaint.
The complaint stated deputies left the residence to search for Barr and after not being able to locate him, they returned to the residence in Salem to speak with the victim again. Deputies said the victim stated Barr asked him to go get his dad’s belongings and when he was not fast enough at doing so, Barr made an aggressive approach towards him.
The victim told deputies he attempted to defend himself by grabbing Barr by the waist, when he felt a pinch by the side of his stomach, according to the complaint. The complaint then stated Barr pulled a black handgun from his waistband and fired a shot inches away from the victim’s body. The bullet hit the floor, and once the handgun was fired, Barr ran out the door and left in the stolen vehicle he was later found to be driving during the pursuit Tuesday night, according to law enforcement.
Deputies on scene said they took pictures of the bullet on the floor and that there was also blood on the floor.
In addition to his charges of fleeing in a vehicle and receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle from the pursuit, Barr has been charged with attempted murder and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, according to court documents. He is currently being held at North Central Regional Jail.